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The making of Lady M, our luxury electric charter boat

Lady M private charter boat Melbourne

The refurbishment of Lady M.

In 2021 we purchased the vessel ‘Restless Wind’ which originally was an ex-USA navy boat that initially served as a passenger transfer vessel on the USS Roanoke for 75 sailors, after a extensive refurbishment and now subsequently named ‘Lady M’, marked a pivotal moment in our journey toward sustainable boat charter services. This vessel, originally built as a Willard UB40, was brought to Melbourne from the USA and converted to a charter boat, complete with a large Detroit diesel engine and a pop-up roof for low bridge navigation on the Yarra. Unfortunately, in 2019, the vessel sank at its berth and the AMSA survey certificate had expired, necessitating extensive refurbishment.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, we seized this opportunity to further our commitment to sustainability by transforming the ‘Lady M’ into an 100% electric charter boat to become a valid addition to our fleet.  The large engine space in the midships was remodeled into an open-plan saloon thanks to the compactness of the newly installed 20KW electric motor underneath the flooring. The bulky fuel tanks were removed to accommodate a large galley bench, a fridge, and a glass washer. Additionally, the helm was moved forward, providing the Captain with enhanced visibility. This refurbishment process was not only a more sustainable choice but also a quicker route to market compared to building anew.

This transformation of the ‘Lady M’ stands as a testament to our dedication to sustainable and luxurious charter services. We invite you to view the transformative process in our before and after photos below:


Lady M - Melbourne electric charter boat for any function on the Yarra River.



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Melbourne Boat Hire respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters we operate on, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundejeri Woi Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pays respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.